We finally realized we need to be able to make phone calls within countries that we travel in (this resulted from standing around for a pay phone after a flight was cancelled). Duh, huh?
Anyway, what we want is a cell phone (not ours, not with our number) that will work in Germany and other GSM countries. We do NOT want to make/receive calls to/from the USA on this phone. We want a German number (so it's a local incoming call there) and want to use it to make ONLY local calls in Germany.
Verizon does not seem to offer what we want. Most "international phones" have US/UK numbers.
I came across a National Geographic affiliated company that offers a $109 unblocked quad band phone and sells German, Austrlian, etc. sim cards for about $59 each, some time included. One issue is that I'd have to replenish or buy a sim card at least yearly to keep the phone active. That does not seem a problem but it would be nice to just have an unlocked phone and a source of sim cards that I understood how to use and replenish!
Any other suggestions? Don't expect to make a lot of calls but nice to have the security to call airline, etc.
Also, I have often seen sim card promotions right in the airports but am unsure of which are legit and how one replenishes the time for those.